Ivanka Trump has taken to social media to commemorate Memorial Day by sharing a photo of several American flags in a graveyard. In her post, she asked God to bless "our fallen heroes," the families of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, "all who have served," and the country in general.
God bless our fallen heroes. 🇺🇸
God bless the families of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. 🇺🇸
God bless all who have served. 🇺🇸May 25, 2020
Memorial Day is the first major holiday in the U.S. to be celebrated since the coronavirus pandemic ripped through the states. While citizens seem eager to get back to normal, there's still a great deal of caution when it comes to celebrating a major holiday that usually draws large crowds. As each state is currently in its reopening phase, officials are still urging people to celebrate with caution this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are six different things people can do to keep safe: Stay 6 feet away from people, wear a face mask, practice good hygiene, stay home if you're 65 or older, avoid large gatherings and avoid indoor spaces that aren't your home.
However, a rather large crowd in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is drawing attention after a massive pool party celebration went viral. A video was taken of what looked like several hundreds of people gathered outside in a massive pool, not practicing safety guidelines during the pandemic. After a video went viral, it seems as though there was a divide in opinions. From what was filmed, it looked like the majority of those celebrating on Saturday were young, so some came to their defense saying the death rate among young people is lower than in older people. Others felt offended that people would gather in such a large crowd during a critical time, potentially spreading the virus even more.
As states continue to reopen and attempt to get economies back to normal, there have been plenty of rules set in place in an attempt to keep everyone safe while doing so. Several stores and restaurants are requiring workers to wear face masks and have posted signage reminding staff and customers to keep their distance and wash their hands. While some cities are feeling a little more normal these days, other major populated ones are still keeping their caution.